Celebrating a decade of collaboration, renowned studio Barber & Osgerby created a new tile collection for Italian ceramics brand Mutina, one that reflects the beauty of something created over time – fittingly, much like their partnership.
The collection, aptly named Time, consists of porcelain stoneware tiles in three sizes (1.5×1.5”, 1.5×8”, and 8×8”). The eight colors – Etna Black, Dakota Grey, Dover White, Salta Red, Highland Green, Virginia Blue, Sahara Sand, and Atlas Brown – are rich and grounding, fitting as they are inspired by geology, geography, landscape, and specific locales. The range of colors, which are also available in Smooth and Rough finishes (the latter made distinct with its flecks of material), combined with the refined curation of sizes allows for infinite configurations that mix hue, scale, or both.
The stoneware material itself happens to have a tangible explanation behind Barber & Osgerby’s idea of the collection. It delves into the intricate processes of natural weathering as time passes, showcasing how the consistent influences of water and wind progressively wear down and polish surfaces, molding landscapes and transforming rough features into more elegant shapes. “The concept of time has actually been a reoccurring theme in several of our collections,” the studio shares. “Time delves into the manner in which objects, over time, either weather or acquire a rough texture due to exposure to the elements or interact with humans, becoming smoother through the years.”
To learn more about Barber Osgerby’s Time collection for Mutina, visit mutina.it/en.
Photos by Claudia Zalla.